One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small yellowish-brown smooth-skinned newt that is widely distributed throughout Europe and western Asia.
Triturus vulgaris, family Salamandridae
- ‘When on land smooth newts tend to feed on insects, worms and slugs by projecting their tongues to catch prey.’
- ‘The habitat of the smooth newt ranges from large lakes to densely weeded ditches, but they are most likely to be found in small to medium sized ponds.’
- ‘Male smooth newts have a much more developed wavy dorsal crest in the breeding season.’
- ‘The smooth newt is typically 80-110 mm long, including its tail, and is often mistaken for a lizard.’
- ‘The great crested newt is significantly larger than the smooth newt and has warty rather than velvety skin.’
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